Lincoln Cole’s novel, Raven’s Peak follows Haatim and Abigail as they travel across the country and cross paths with undeniable evil.
After Abigail Dressler saves Haatim Arison from demonic possession, she learns he’s more connected to her world than he’s aware. Entrusted to protect him, she must also trust him if she wants to complete her task. With a past riddled with demons, this will prove difficult. When the folk of a little mountain town known as Raven’s Peak, behave abnormally, Abigail is sent to discover what is affecting them. With Haatim at her side, they unearths an evil neither has ever faced before and must do everything their power to survive.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the protagonists are of different ethnicity. It may be silly to fuss over, but Cole does a good job at this. Based on simple mentions, it’s established that Abigail is a young black woman and Haatim is of Middle Eastern origin. Other characters introduced are equally well described without embellishing. This is appreciated because there aren’t many main characters of novels who are of color.
Any interaction with Abigail is a delight. She is smart and full of wit, hot-headed, and always control. While far from graceful, she handles each situation to the best she can. On the other hand, in the beginning, Haatim’s character was not enjoyable. He recovers from a reasonably emotional family issue then is thrust into a world he believed to be fictional, immediately questioning everything. I was certain Abigail was going to be stuck as his babysitter for the rest of the novel, but Haatim’s development caught me by surprise. Though he’s still out of his element, he redeems himself and helps Abigail in many situations. He’s still a goof, though.
Raven’s Peak also doesn’t take from any one specific religion. Haatim’s background on the subject is useful and aides Abigail as she learns what is going on with the townsfolk. This is great because it allows any reader to enjoy the novel without being bombarded with knowledge on a religion they don’t know much about. Cole gives enough to inform the reader that the demons are referred to differently on the individual’s belief.
As I said, the story is fast paced and amazingly detailed. Cole’s writing is easy to follow and I was able to visualize it like a movie. I’m comfortable enough to compare it Supernatural, but with a slightly darker tone and more gore. Abigail and Haatim’s interactions were quite fun. Haatim tries to work through all that’s going and Abigail wastes little time to be sarcastic and make a joke. Cole’s humor sprinkled throughout the novel helps with the seriousness and overall theme.
There are few grammatical errors I came across, but it doesn’t horribly disrupt the flow. The action of this makes it a thriller, but it occasionally dragged. I fought to skim through fights scenes, but it doesn’t take away from the story. If this were to be adapted into a film, I would equally enjoy watching it.
I’m rating this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. Cole created a work of fiction with an appropriate mix of action, adventure, and humor. Abigail and Haatim are an interesting duo, but come through as great partners against evil. Though some scenes went on longer than I preferred and occasional grammar issues, the mysticism of Raven’s Peak kept me from putting it down. Their fight is far from over, though. The end left me curious of the fate of our demon hunter and scholar, implying a sequel many will like to read.